Chicago Jan 22 /63
My Dear Friend
I received your letter this evening forwarded from Clifton. I was very happy to hear from you, as it is the first time I have heard anythin of any of the N.Y. regt since they left Chicago. I guess you think I am wedded to Chicago. I intended to have been home several weeks ago, but Mr & Mrs. Stone, went East and I thought I would remain till they returned. I shall leave for home week after next. We missed you very much after you left Chicago, in fact I was very sorry to have the N.Y. Regt go away, as we enjoyed visiting the Hospital, or in doing any thing to relieve the sick, and we only regert that we did not do more. I have not been in Camp since you went away. The 66th Ill, 9th [NY] is a Battery are there still,
We are having miserable weather very muddy and plenty of rain, have had two or three days of sleighing, and then we went on Michigan Avenue to drive. I wish you could have seen the crowd, ther driving. I am learning to skate, with no one to assist me, and I get along very nicely but I always manage to fall. I suppose you hear from home often. I hope your people will not consent to your being color bearer, as it is such a dangerous position and you are exposed enough wherever you are, yet I admire your bravery. where is the 126 Regt. I never hear anything of it. I had a letter from Louise [ ] the other day she is at [Lima] attending school, and is enjoying it very much. I am very anxious to get home, though I expect it is awfully dull, as there have so many left Clifton since I came away, and it never is very brilliant there.
Do you know Charley [Yarlock] of the 111th I forgot what Co he belongs to. he is a brother of John Y- and is a very nice young man. he called here the day before your Regt left
Mrs Stone sends a great deal of love and says you are the only one of th N.Y. Regt that has ever manifested any politeness, as none of the 126 ever [w ] us.
Manley your letter was very interesting to me and I hope to hear from you after, for of course I am interested in “Co D.” Please direct to Clifton for I shall be there.
With kindest regards and best wishes for your welfare, I remain